Mtn. View police ramping up downtown enforcement

Go easy on the green beer Saturday. The Mountain View Police Department is in the middle of a monthlong enforcement operation meant to promote traffic safety and sobriety downtown, including on St. Patrick’s Day.

“People should be aware there will be extra-vigilant enforcement – especially since St. Paddy’s Day falls on a weekend this year,” said Katie Nelson, Mountain View Police Department spokeswoman.

Police investigate MVHS threats, say campus is safe

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Mountain View High School students’ concerns about potential threats to school safety brought police officers to campus Tuesday (March 13) morning, but there was no danger and no arrests have been made, according to authorities.

LAH resident credited with ending spree of burglaries

Sheriff’s detectives credit a Los Altos Hills woman with ending a spree of burglaries throughout Silicon Valley.

Los Altos resident reaches plea for insider trading, tender offer fraud

A Los Altos resident accused of trading before a negative earnings announcement pleaded guilty to insider trading and tender-offer fraud last week.

Peter C. Chang, founder and former CEO of the Sunnyvale-based Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc., was arrested and charged with insider trading in 2017. The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged that he traded posed as family members in order to trade his company’s stock based on nonpublic information he obtained on the job.

Hearing continued for MVHS teacher accused of sending inappropriate texts

A Mountain View High School teacher arrested last November for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a student will have to wait a bit longer for his day in court.

Evan Smith, a 15-year veteran math teacher at the school, pleaded not guilty earlier this year to one felony count of knowingly sending a minor harmful material.

LAH blaze consumes home, injures firefighter

La Rena Lane fire
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Still images from a drone show Santa Clara County firefighters dousing the flames of a house fire on La Rena Lane in Los Altos Hills Saturday afternoon.

Two Los Altos Hills residents escaped injury Saturday (Feb. 24) when their home caught fire, but the ensuing blaze destroyed the house and indirectly led to minor injuries for a firefighter who tumbled from the roof.

The Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighter fell approximately 10 feet and was transported to the hospital, but he resumed work later that day, according to County Fire Capt. Bill Murphy.

“It was high enough that he could have been hurt pretty significantly,” Murphy said.

The 2,000-square-foot home, located on the 25000 block of La Rena Lane, sustained well over $1 million in damage from smoke, flames and water, and is uninhabitable, Murphy said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday.

The fire started in the home’s attic or along the roofline at approximately 1 p.m., according to fire department reports. Thirty-five firefighters battled the blaze and managed to extinguish it within 30 minutes, but the flames ate away at the roof, exposing the living areas to the elements. An adjacent garage containing classic cars was spared.

“The fortunate thing was that the homeowner was home and called right away,” Murphy said.

Murphy added that windy conditions and the home’s wood shake roof and old, dried-out attic trusses fed the flames and helped the fire spread quickly.

View additional images from the fire on the Town Crier's Facebook page,

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